Austin Butler reveals he hired a dialect coach to get rid of the Elvis accent

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26 Jan 2024, 09:23

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Elvis star Austin Butler has revealed he enlisted a dialect coach to help rid him of the famous accent that had continued long after the film wrapped. 

The American actor had worked relentlessly on his accent for three years during the filming of Elvis, and while it paid off with critical praise and an Oscar nomination for Best Actor, Austin felt the lingering effects of playing the King of Rock and Roll. 

Austin jumped straight from filming Elvis into his latest project, Masters of the Air, and while on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the big-screen star confessed he hired someone to help shed his Elvis sound. 

He told the late-night TV host: “I was just trying to remember who I was. I was trying to remember what I liked to do. All I thought about was Elvis for three years. And then I had that week off, and then I flew to London, and at that time it was COVID, so I was quarantined for 10 days. I thought, ‘Alright, just pour all this energy into learning about World War II now.'”

The Once Upon A Time in Hollywood star had left fans baffled during his red carpet appearances in 2023 after seemingly struggling to shake off the King’s infamous drawl while in interviews. 

Referencing his accent backstage at the 2023 Golden Globes, Austin said (via The Hollywood Reporter): “I don’t even think about it. I don’t think I sound like him still, but I guess I must because I hear it a lot. 

“I often liken it to when somebody lives in another country for a long time and I had three years where that was my only focus in life. So I’m sure that there’s just pieces of my DNA that will always be linked in that way.”

Austin played Elvis in the Baz Luhrmann flick alongside Tom Hanks and it turned into a critical and audience darling, banking over $288 million worldwide on an $85 million budget. 

Adding to his Oscar nomination, Austin also bagged a BAFTA for Best Actor in a Leading role and the equivalent Golden Globe. 

The Carrie Diaries star will hope for more success in his latest period drama, Masters of the Air, which also boasts Barry Keoghan and Callum Turner in the cast. 

The nine-episode limited series is executive produced by Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman and follows a group of airmen in the 100th Bomb Group during World War II. 

The show explores the psychological and emotional price paid by the young men as they helped destroy the horror of Hitler’s Third Reich. Some were shot down and captured, some were wounded or killed and some were lucky enough to make it home.

Masters Of The Air is out on Apple TV Plus now.